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There are great benefits to connectedness, but we haven't wrapped our minds around the costs.

the country we've become
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:53 am EDT, Apr 26, 2015

Gregory D. Johnsen:

This is John Brennan's story, his life and his career. But it's also ours. The excesses and mistakes of more than a decade of war, what we tolerate and what we don't. What we're willing to forgive and what we won't. Politicians who don't deliver on their promises, and well-intentioned individuals who bring about great harm. It's about the man he is, and the country we've become.

Violet Blue:

DHS is out of step, out of touch, and so arrogant and ambivalent with a keynote like Johnson's that it's actually surprising at the end of the day that they can't even try to fool us into believing that cybersecurity isn't just another thing they have to pretend to understand until they retire.


We are vulnerable in this wired world. Today our reliance on the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of data stands in stark contrast to the inadequacy of our cybersecurity.

Amit Yoran:

I don't think security breaches are stoppable in the current computing paradigm.

Michael Schmidt:

Inside the White House, the intrusion has raised a new debate about whether it is possible to protect a president's electronic presence, especially when it reaches out from behind the presumably secure firewalls of the executive branch.

John Leyden:

Embedded Packet Capture (EPC) was designed by Cisco as a troubleshooting and tracing tool. The feature allows network administrators to capture data packets flowing through a Cisco router. Brazilian security researchers Joaquim Espinhara and Rafael Silva were able to abuse the feature and build a system to hoover up massive volumes of data.

Niels Provos:

Had the entire web already moved to encrypted traffic via TLS, such an injection attack would not have been possible. This provides further motivation for transitioning the web to encrypted and integrity-protected communication.

Alex Stamos:

These days, network security has to be pushed into the end nodes ...

Morgan Marquis-Boire:

The big take-away is that cleartext is just dead.

not especially confidence-inspiring
Topic: Miscellaneous 1:29 pm EDT, Apr 25, 2015

Zeynep Tufekci:

Most of what we think of as expertise, knowledge and intuition is being deconstructed and recreated as an algorithmic competency, fueled by big data.

Bob Wachter:

It was natural for doctors, nurses and pharmacists to expect that, once computers entered our complex, chaotic and often dangerous world, they would make things better.

A pilot:

Any arrangement that promotes an adversarial relationship between doctor and patient compromises medicine.

Doctors who support policies that make them into police should ask themselves what practicing medicine will be like when all their patients lawyer up.

Evgeny Morozov:

Nicholas Carr's angle on automated trading is concerned with what algorithms do to traders -- and not what traders and algorithms do to the rest of us. "A reliance on automation is eroding the skills and knowledge of financial professionals," he notes dryly. Only a technology critic -- with no awareness of the actual role that "financial professionals" play today -- would fail to ask a basic follow-up question: How is this not good news?

Jim Tankersley:

Economists from Harvard University and the University of Chicago wrote in a recent paper that every dollar a worker earns in a research field spills over to make the economy $5 better off. Every dollar a similar worker earns in finance comes with a drain, making the economy 60 cents worse off.

Matt Levine:

It's not especially confidence-inspiring to read that a guy with a spreadsheet can trick everyone into thinking that the market is crashing, and thereby cause the market to crash.

Zachary M. Becker, an assistant Franklin County prosecutor:

You had some rogue employees who took advantage of both the trust of their companies and their knowledge of the security measures ...

AllCrypt Staff:

The massive screwup that led to the loss of funds is when the Marketing Director forwarded that [password reset] email to myself and the tech team member. He forwarded the password reset link. To the breached email account.

Paul Farrell:

"The cause of the breach was human error. [Redacted] failed to check that the autofill function in Microsoft Outlook had entered the correct person's details into the email 'To' field. This led to the email being sent to the wrong person.

The immigration officer then recommended that the world leaders not be made aware of the breach of their personal information.

what the world wants
Topic: Miscellaneous 7:43 am EDT, Apr 24, 2015

Tony Schwartz:

What companies really need to measure is not how engaged their employees are, but rather how consistently energized they feel.

Rosanna Casper:

It's this ability to persist, more than intelligence or talent, that separates the people who achieve their goals from the ones who do not.

Justine Musk:

Shift your focus away from what you want (a billion dollars) and get deeply, intensely curious about what the world wants and needs.

David Brooks:

The only way to stay fully alive is to dive down to your obsessions six fathoms deep.

Ashton Carter:

Make a contribution. Feel what it's like to be a part of something that's bigger than yourself.

David Brooks:

People on the road to character understand that no person can achieve self-mastery on his or her own.

the dramatic divide
Topic: Miscellaneous 7:43 am EDT, Apr 24, 2015

Jeh Johnson:

Terrorism of any type cannot succeed if the people refuse to be terrorized.

David Graeber:

The most powerful way to represent power has always been to refuse to represent it.

Yuval Noah Harari:

Terrorists don't think like army generals; they think like theatre producers.

David Cole:

The fact that parts of our government wanted to kill, without a trial, a citizen who, even if convicted, will face a maximum of fifteen years in prison, illustrates the dramatic divide between the military and law enforcement models for addressing terrorism. Remote-control killing without trial away from battlefields should be disturbing regardless of the passport the victim holds.

John Oliver:

No one cares. [Americans] don't give a shit.

Ashton Carter:

As a military, we have to embrace openness.

Ryan Gallagher:

The only thing that seems to truly terrorize the industry is the prospect of transparency and public accountability.

David Brooks:

People don't even seem to recognize the damage these [police body] cameras will do ...

excellent copy that people find meaningful, now with fifty percent more urgency!
Topic: Miscellaneous 7:10 am EDT, Apr 23, 2015

Ted Nesi:

Reporters are going to be looking for other stories to cover over the next year, and a quixotic campaign by the quotable and unpredictable Lincoln Chafee could be excellent copy.

Glenn Greenwald:

Because policies that command the agreement of the two parties' establishments are largely ignored by the DC press in favor of the issues where they have some disagreements, the illusion is created that they agree on nothing.

An exchange:

David Sanger: There's a lot we miss every day. I go to work every day convinced that I've got a handle on fully 3% of what's going on, okay?
Stewart Baker: [laughing] The key is [that] you can persuade us it's the most important 3%.
David Sanger: [laughing] That's right. [laughing] That's right.

Martin Baron, executive editor of the Washington Post:

It used to be, in companies like ours, that we hired people who could learn from us. Now we aim to hire people who can teach us what we need to know.

Taffy Brodesser-Akner:

Who can we turn to if not our news anchors?

David W. Dunlap:

Publicity surrounding the observatory's opening next month may temporarily divert public attention from the scrutiny being paid to the friendship between Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, who exercises a great deal of control over the Port Authority, and Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys and an owner of Legends.

Max Eulenstein and Lauren Scissors:

Pages should continue to post things that people find meaningful.

New York Times:

Top Stories is now more urgent, more visual and more helpful.

Ninety one percent of Americans feel they're living in a golden age of reasonable assistance
Topic: Miscellaneous 10:10 pm EDT, Apr 22, 2015

Jeh Johnson:

Now, finally, I have an ask: for your indulgence and your understanding on the subject of encryption. Our inability to access encrypted information poses public safety challenges.

Pew, via Elizabeth Dwoskin:

91% of Americans feel they've lost control over their personal data.

Chris Hadnagy:

Just through a five-minute normal conversation we have gotten every ounce of information possible from them to commit identity theft.

Tim Wu:

We'll be never lost until we lose our tools, and then we'll be much more lost than ever before.

It is something of the paradox of technological progress that, in our efforts to become invulnerable, we usually gain new, unexpected vulnerabilities, leaving us in vaguely the same condition after all.

Jennifer Granick:

It is probably true that entities with useful vulnerability information are not sharing it frequently enough with the government. And when the government asks them why they don't share, they say,"because we'd like liability protection." Because what even slightly regulated corporation doesn't want liability protection?

Joseph Lin:

Over the next decade, advanced weapons platforms ... will flood the arms market ...

Mark Mazzetti:

As the Middle East descends into proxy wars, sectarian conflicts and battles against terrorist networks, countries in the region that have stockpiled American military hardware are now actually using it and wanting more. The result is a boom for American defense contractors ... but also the prospect of a dangerous new arms race ...

Paul Mozur:

IBM's Open Power program is getting particular attention in China ... because it plays into local demands that foreign tech companies disclose intellectual property, open up encryption standards and submit to invasive security audits of products.

Marc Zwillinger:

The truth is, law enforcement ... is ... [ Read More (0.2k in body) ]

the task of a lifetime
Topic: Miscellaneous 7:49 am EDT, Apr 22, 2015

Neil deGrasse Tyson:

In the 20th century, Americans led the world in major inventions. But the ambitions of the nation have flatlined. You go through the school system and come out on the other side, and there's no grand vision to walk into. To get everyone thinking about the future again may require another big project where we dream the impossible dream and achieve the impossible goal.

Kathryn Schulz:

If you choose to be invisible, it's a superpower; if it's forced upon you, it's a plight. The same goes for being visible.

Zeynep Tufekci:

Technology in the workplace is as much about power and control as it is about productivity and efficiency.

David Brooks:

People on the road to character understand that no person can achieve self-mastery on his or her own. In the realm of action, a person of character is committed to tasks that can't be completed in a single lifetime.

Max Eulenstein and Lauren Scissors:

People are worried about missing important updates from the friends they care about.

Tom Standage:

We sell the antidote to information overload -- we sell a finite, finishable, very tightly curated bundle of content.

Alex Tabarrok and Tyler Cowen:

As Hayek emphasized, the market does not require perfect knowledge to function, rather it is the means by which imperfect knowledge is made to function in the social interest.

Jess Bidgood:

Law enforcement officials around the country have taken to monitoring social media for signs of potentially dangerous parties.

Stewart Brand:

In some cultures you're supposed to be responsible out to the seventh generation -- that's about 200 years. But it goes right against self-interest.

Zeynep Tufekci:

This problem is not us versus the machines, but between us, as humans, and how we value one another.

Freeman Dyson:

At Trinity College, Cambridge, they planted an avenue of trees in the early 18th century, leading up from the river to the college. This avenue of trees grew very big and majestic in the course of 200 years. When I was a student there 50 years ago, the trees were growing a little dilapidated, though still very beautiful. The college decided that for the sake of the future, they would chop them down and plant new ones. Now, 50 years later, the new trees are half grown and already looking almost as beautiful as the old ones. That's the kind of thinking that comes naturally in such a place, where 100 years is nothing.

the nature of being alive
Topic: Miscellaneous 7:01 am EDT, Apr 21, 2015

Douglas Adams:

There's nothing easier than getting a human mind to ignore something it doesn't want to see.

Mr. Murry:

Security is a most seductive thing. I've come to the conclusion that it's the greatest evil there is.

Amar Toor:

Under the law, internet service providers would have to install monitoring mechanisms ... recordings could be stored for up to one month, and metadata for up to five years.

Heather Havrilesky:

You have the illusion of accomplishment, but really? You aren't doing shit. You're pretending that you're accomplishing something, that's all.

Alex Stamos:

Security companies need to recognize that most of their addressable market cannot properly consume their products ...

Mike Masnick:

We need to bring society back to a place where people accept that there's some risk involved in everything. That's the nature of being alive.

Kimmy Schmidt:

Titus, age doesn't matter. You can die at any time.

Yuval Noah Harari:

We are the only ones who can defeat ourselves ...

our ultimate goal
Topic: Miscellaneous 7:51 am EDT, Apr 20, 2015

Matt Kennard and Claire Provost:

Along the side of the road, signs remind drivers to stay alert and abide by speed limits: "Life is a Journey. Complete it," urges one.

Titus Andromedon and Kimmy Schmidt:

Titus: How old do you think I am?

Kimmy: Titus, age doesn't matter. You can die at any time.

David Brooks:

Every college student should know: career success doesn't make you happy.

Don Hertzfeldt:

People who are weirdly happy all the time, like a little dog -- don't trust them.

Hayao Miyazaki:

I don't ever feel happy in my daily life.

How could that be our ultimate goal?

Ben McLannahan:

Just one-fifth of survey participants said they were content with their job, their firm, their pay and their prospects. Half of the 100 people interviewed -- in a range of mostly senior positions at banks, brokers and asset managers -- said they were unhappy on all four fronts.

Jeannette Neumann:

"I'm going to frame my bank statement, which shows that Bankinter is paying me interest on my mortgage," said a customer who lives in Madrid. "That's financial history."

be a little sadder, sometimes
Topic: Miscellaneous 7:42 am EDT, Apr 20, 2015

Liz Ryan:

Know what you want so the universe can bring it to you.

Bruce Schneier:

I'd upgrade to something newer and better [than Eudora], but there isn't anything newer and better. Sooner or later a new Microsoft OS will break it, and I will be very sad.

Oliver Burkeman, on David Brooks:

Recently, one student told him that, since taking the course, he was much sadder than he used to be. "That's a high compliment!" says Brooks. "He was a phenomenally bright and successful student. But, you know -- you should be a little sadder, sometimes."

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